The rape charge against Brittany Higgins’ accused attacker will be DROPPED with his new trial thrown out, as new medical evidence emerges in the case that has gripped Australia.
- Police Drop Sexual Assault Charge Against Bruce Lehrmann
Police will drop the sexual assault charge against former Liberal Party staffer Bruce Lehrmann with an official announcement Friday at 10 a.m.
New medical evidence about Brittany Higgins’ mental health and the impact a second trial may have is expected to lead ACT director of public prosecution Shane Drumgold to drop the case.
Ms Higgins claims her former colleague raped her inside her former boss Linda Reynolds’ office in Parliament after a night out in March 2019, allegations Mr Lehrmann has always denied.
Although Drumgold has denied that a final decision on the new trial has been made, News.com.au has reported that the DDP is likely to exercise prosecutorial discretion to throw out the second trial.
Independent medical experts fear that subjecting Ms Higgins to further trauma associated with another trial would present an “unacceptable risk” to her health.
Therefore, Drumgold is expected to announce that continuing the prosecution of Lehrmann is no longer in the public interest.
Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann (pictured), who has been accused of sexually assaulting former colleague Brittany Higgins, is set to drop the rape charge against him.
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins (pictured) claimed she was sexually assaulted in Parliament House at Linda Reynolds’ ministerial office in March 2019.
Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of having sex without consent.
He has always maintained his innocence and claims that he never had sexual relations with Mrs. Higgins.
The breaking notice comes just a week after it was revealed that the ACT Supreme Court would hold a surprise closed-door hearing on Mr Lehrmann’s retrial.
The media were prohibited from attending the hearing and reporting on the subject of the application.
Mr. Lehrmann’s first trial was declared a mistrial following an indictment of jury misconduct.
The jury was acquitted after the discovery of an academic paper on the subject of sexual assault identified in the jury room.
Lehrmann consistently maintained his innocence. He pleaded not guilty to having sex without consent
New medical evidence about Brittany Higgins’ mental health and the impact a second trial may have is expected to lead the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions to drop the case.
It was despite ACT Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum repeatedly warning jurors not to conduct external investigations.
In later published written reasons, Ms. McCallum revealed that two additional documents had been found. They were presented by the same jury.
A new trial was listed to start in February 2023.
More to come.